Ormidale House - Covid 19

Ormidale House
Ormidale House
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2020 was the most roller-coastery roller coaster of a year.  We got off to the best start ever to a year and had the most advance bookings ever, by March, for any year.  Covid then shut us down and we had to find more than £150,000 that we didn’t have to reschedule or refund clients, as we were closed and couldn’t legally fulfil their bookings.  We closed our doors on Friday 20th March and of course stayed in line with the government-ordered closure thereafter.

It was a long few months, but the recovery looked assured as we were able to re-open in July and we had unbroken occupancy until the social shutters came down again in September with the UK-wide “rule of six” followed by Scotland’s single-family only policy. This combined with Tier-related restrictions on travel led another slew of cancellations and refunds of the same amount again.

Full lockdown of course then followed, and looks set to continue as far as the Spring.  We are rescheduling any party booked in for January to March because of Covid restrictions.

It is frustrating in the extreme, but of course we need to abide by the rules.  Compliance with restrictions is the responsibility of the Hirer rather than the House owner when we are open - and we cannot police exactly who attends and from what household; what we do know is that groups who break the law could risk actual police attendance, and fines.

We all have to do what we can to keep the virus at bay.

We have new cleaning protocols in place for when we are able to open (using the “Good to Go” guidelines developed with British Hospitality Association and Professional Association of Self Caterers) to help minimise risk and keep guests safe.  We are asking all parties to ensure they stay safe and are gathering and travelling within guidance, so inevitably there are some changes to how guests interact on the estate (over swimming pool use etc) and some hosts will be bringing a differently made-up group to what they had originally planned.

We are taking bookings for later in 2021 and hope to be able to welcome you sometime during the year.  In the meantime, please stay safe, stay home, wash hands, wear masks, socially distance and avoid any unnecessary contact that can spread the virus.

Let’s hope we can all get back to normal, soon.

Very best wishes




Ormidale House
By Glendaruel - Argyll - PA22 3AF
Tel.: 01505 872515 or 07765 007798
Email: [email protected]

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